Early childhood services in the Campaspe Shire will be able to apply for a funding boost to support children participate in kinder during Term 4 and get ready for school – thanks to the Andrews Government.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP today announced that 17 kinders across the Campaspe shire are part of the approximately 1700 eligible services state-wide that can apply to share in more than $3.7 million for early childhood services in Term 4.
The eligible kinders from Campaspe shire are:
- Shine Bright Tongala Kindergarten
- Shine Bright Echuca Central Kindergarten
- Shine Bright Echuca East Kindergarten
- Shine Bright Echuca South Community Kindergarten
- Kyabram Municipal Preschool
- Unwin Street Preschool
- Shine Bright Rochester Kindergarten
- Shine Bright Gunbower Kindergarten
- Shine Bright Lockington Kindergarten
- Goodstart Early Learning Echuca
- Pink and Blue Early Learning Pty Ltd
- Aussie Kindies Early Learning Kyabram
- Kyabram Community & Learning Centre Inc.
- Girgarre Community Kindergarten
- Rushworth Kindergarten & Child Care
- Shine Bright Stanhope Kindergarten
- Colbinabbin Preschool
Grants of up to $5,000 will be available for kindergarten services to support children who have returned to on-site learning by getting the most out of kinder and on making positive transitions to school.
This will allow services to fund more kindergarten program hours, additional educator hours so existing staff can undertake transition activities or provide more one-on-one time with children, and to access allied health support such as speech pathologist and occupational therapists.
This funding will be available to services that are not yet receiving funding through the Victorian Government’s $160 million School Readiness Funding initiative who are already able to access these supports.
In an Australian-first, the final stage of the roll-out of School Readiness Funding will be completed in 2021 and all kindergarten services in Victoria will be provided with needs-based funding to support their children.
Early childhood education and care services across Victoria have reopened with a COVIDSafe Plan and appropriate health and safety measures in place.
The Victorian Government announced $26.7 million in extra funding in Term 4 to support early childhood services through the coronavirus pandemic, ensuring sessional kindergarten remained free in eligible services and supporting children in their transition to school.
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“This support will mean all children from across Campaspe will be able to make a smooth transition to school after what has been a challenging year.”
“We’re making sure Victorian children get the most out of their last term at kinder and have a great start to school.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Ingrid Stitt
“Early childhood staff across Victoria have done an outstanding job at supporting children and families during this challenging year.”